Sunday, November 26, 2006

Ohio State vs USC for BCS Championship

With the win over Notre Dame on Saturday night - USC has all but wrapped up a chance to play in the national championship game against Ohio State on January 8th. The Trojans still have to beat UCLA next Saturday and stranger things have happened than a Bruins upset but I think the safe bet is for USC fans to book their trips now.

Possibly lost in the discussion of the worthyness of a one-loss USC vs a one-loss Michigan in a rematch with Ohio State is the ramifications of what undoubtably was to me the play of the year.

In the waning moments of the Louisville and Rutgers game - Jeremy Ito of the Scarlet Knights tried a field goal with the score tied. His kick missed but William Gay of Louisville jumped offsides. With 13 seconds remaining - Jeremy Ito made his second chance kick and Louisville was knocked from the ranks of the undefeated. If that game goes to overtime - maybe Louisville wins it and is undefeated today.

Could the BCS have kept an unbeaten Louisville out of the championship game? I think not.

The national championship will be decided by the final score of the January 8th game but it boggles the mind to think that who will play in that game may have come down to an offsides call on a defensive lineman from early November.

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